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Mattapan 14-year-old charged with shooting death of little brother

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MATTAPAN, Mass. (WHDH) - A 14-year-old is being charged with the accidental shooting death of his brother, a 9-year-old boy from Mattapan, officials said Friday.

According to police, the victim's brother was handling the gun recklessly inside the house on Morton St. shortly before noon when it went off, striking the victim in the chest.

The 14-year-old defendant was apprehended a short time later with what authorities say is the firearm that killed his brother.

The child was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The brother, who's name is being withheld because he's a juvenile, will be arraigned next week on charges that include involuntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm.

In a press conference, Mayor Marty Walsh was visibly upset about the incident, saying there are too many guns on our streets.

"A boy should not be shot on a Friday… he should be in school. His brother should not be in a situation where he has access to a gun," Mayor Walsh said.

"If there is a gun in your house, call the police department... Let's get these guns off the streets," he continued.

Police Commissioner William Evans said that police will be working with the mayor on new gun initiatives .

"We can't continue to have these tragedies. It's impacting too many families and we're very committed to making this neighborhood a lot safer," Evans said.

The investigation is still ongoing. The gun is being investigated to determine whether it was legally owned and stored.

"Part of our investigation in the days to come will be determining how this weapon got into the hands of a 14-year-old," District Attorney Daniel Conley said.

Boston Police are also investigating why the two boys were home alone on a school day.

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